While much of the pregame attention was on Peterson, the game was also a first real test for the Saints' defense, which had showed signs of dominance in the preseason.
"The next time I heard from them, I was in San Antonio, and I got a call from my agent around 1:30 (a.m.)", Peterson said.
Adrian Peterson of the New Orleans Saints watches from the sidelines during the second half of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara figure to share time with Peterson.
"I knew there was gonna be growing pains".
"Every year during training camp, she'd bring cookies", Peterson said. Adam Thielen caught nine passes for 157 yards, and tight end Kyle Rudolph added a touchdown reception for Minnesota (1-0). However, there are those in New Orleans that are still high on what the running back can offer. "'Leave your anxiety in here, ' is what Coach Zimmer always says and I take that to heart".
Saints are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.
When pressed further on if he was upset with Payton, Peterson replied "No, just communicating with him". Though the Saints have to keep on without wide receiver Brandin Cooks, now playing in New England, the addition of running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. enhance their offensive weapons for Brees to operate at ease.
Peterson is expecting a warm reception from the fan base that supported him all those years, and he has good reason.
He notched 903 receiving yards last season while only starting in 11 games due to a lingering hamstring injury. However, both teams could also end up outside of the postseason, and no one would be surprised. To be exact, you have to go back to 1963 when rookies WR Paul Flatley and TE Ray Poage opened up the year in purple. "Any time that you have good players that leave, it's always hard".
"We were just playing our responsibilities, nothing insane".
After years of being the centerpiece of Minnesota's offense, Peterson's role on Monday was a new experience.